Firenze [Florence]: 1827. 42 leaves of mounting paper: grey, green, light purple in color. 39 [of 42 originally] portrait miniatures, with 23 of the portraits annotated with sitter's names. Most drawn on other, whitish paper, then affixed to album leaves [usually the recto]. Album: 4-3/4" x 6-1/8". Portraits: ~ 3-7/8" x 3-1/8. Most rectangular, some oval. Bespoke black half-morocco binding with green cloth boards. Armorial device [Fournier's?] gilt stamped to center of the covers. General binding wear, with front joint starting at bottom. Ffep inscribed, by an unknown hand: "Le Fournier / Painter at the Court of Napoleon III / + Empress Eugenie / Uncle of Adèle Sborgi [?]" Item #47695
Jean Baptiste Fortuné de Fournier was a popular portraitist who had painted the Emperor on several occasions. He also made several watercolours of the interiors at Saint-Cloud and the Tuileries.
A nice collection of early original portrait art by this 19th C. French artist.